7 JUNE 1963

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- -Portrait of the Week THE DEATH OF POPE JOHN XXIII

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after nearly a week of critical illness brought expressions of sorrow from reli g ious leaders all over the world. More surprisin g was the evident regret felt in Communist...


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Q INCE South Africa left the Common- LI wealth in 1961 British policy towards the Union has not substantially changed. But recently there has been considerable diplomatic...

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No. 7041 Established 1828 FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 1963

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Pope John XXIII

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I was a great day for the Church of Rome 'when Angelo Roncalli, a peasant, soldier, army chaplain and ecclesiastical diplomat in the Balkans, became its Pope. Those who watched...

Political Commentary

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Blancmange By DAVID WATT A s a shining example of tribulations bravely LA borne there Is still nobody on the political scene to beat Mr. Selwyn Lloyd. After the final...

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The Gulf

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From MURRAY KEMPTON WASHINGTON T HE. Attorney-General of the United States told a guest at lunch the other day that he had rather hoped to go to Birmingham during its trouble,...

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The Rising Tide of Colour

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By D. W. BROGAN N the great wave of racial bigotry that struck I the United States during and just after the First World War, a vigorous alarmist gave the above title to his...

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One of life's little shocks overlooked by Mrs. 1970 (nice girl that, 1 like her teeth) is that in some places, if you forge ahead to the future with central heating, the local...

Let's be Frank The newspapers are inordinately fussed about that

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spectacularly trivial remark of Frank Phillips, especially when you consider that it was reasonable, it was clean, and it happened at seven in the morning when surely, nobody...

A Spectator's Notebook

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rsi OT only Catholics, and not only Protestants, but agnostics, and doubtless atheistic Com- munists too, have mourned 'the death of Pope John XXIII. It is probably true than in...

Away From It All The 50 m.p.h. speed limit sounded

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like a great idea last week, but it couldn't have made much difference to the motoring public in the South whose cars spent Whit weekend standing dead still in the merry rush to...

Columba's Island

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There must be something sad in completing a life's work, but no doubt George MacLeod will still have plenty on his plate when the last touch of restoration is finished at the...

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A Controversy Re-examined

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Taylor and Trevor-Roper By HUGH THOMAS I ,s - r week, Mr. A. J. P. Taylor gave his last I lecture at Oxford—just over two years since, in April, 1961, he published perhaps his...

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The New British

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By COLIN MACINNES N Rudyard Kipling's allegory Puck of Pook's 'Hill, Puck is the symbol of an eternal English spirit, and the children he tells his stories to epitomise the...

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course Mark Goulden is concerned with accuracy—he is abroad, of he would otherwise be able to say so himself, but he preferred to leave, it to the author of My Darling...

SIR,— Really! the silliness of some 'progressively ' opinioned journalists has to

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be read to be believed . Your correspondent Miss Sarah Gainham's article in your issue of May 24 is typical of a superior intellec tUalist view of agriculture that betrays a...

The UN Development Decade Gordon Evans, M. G. K. Pierson

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Biography Travestied Jeffrey Sinunons, Jack Fishman German Farmers Rolf Gardiner Shift to the Centre Lionel h. Grouse The Enahoro Case Dingle Foot, QC, MP Island on the Run M....

SIR,—Mr. Nicholas Davenport, in last week's issue, is scornful of

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the attitude of the City in connection with overseas aid. May readers, in turn, express'scorn for Mr. Davenport's standards of intellectual integrity? Mr, Davenport must be...

JEFFREY SIMMONS W. H. /1 (len & Corn pony, 43

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Essex Street, Strand, WC2 SIR, —I have been working and travelling in the United States since May 4, and a copy of your May 17 issue has only just reached me. I would be...

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ISLAND ON THE RUN SIR,-1 It'ave read with considerable interest

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your excellent editorial ccmment on Ceylon, 'Island on the Run' (May 3). There are, however, some aspects of the country's political life which, of necessity, you have not been...

SHIFT TO THE CENTRE SI R ,— Mr, John Vatzey's article 'Shift to

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the Centre' Was, as one expects from his pen, thoughtful and te mperate. However, one point roused in me, as a technical college teacher, some unease. The teaching profession,'...


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SIR,—In your last issue you published an article on the Enahoro debate containing the following passage : The issue about counsel remained in storage. The Labour leaders had...


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SIR,-1 write merely. to underline what Dr. Cotgrove says in his article about 'The Forgotten Tenth.' Those in high places have never got it clear that a university student (A)...

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CVera and Ballet

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Without the Moor By DAVID CAIRNS To hear Otello again, even moderately well performed, is to be overwhelmed afresh by its lyrical sweep and intensity, its stifling tragic force...

Scandinavian Models

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WHAT in ballet companies divides the sheep from the goats? Why is it that when watching some companies, whether they are giving a good, bad or indifferent performance, you are...


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Unkindest Cut By IAN CAMERON FOR once the right film won the top award at Cannes: Luchino Visconti's The Leopard. Apart from the virtue of giving the Palme d'Or to the best...

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Lakeside Sculptures By NEVILE WALLIS UNTIL the end of September, a hundred thousand visitors will doubtless stroll beside the lake in Battersea Park to ponder the score of...

Damned Unseen

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The Damned. (General release; 'X' certificate.) AN odd thing about an odd but in some ways brilliant film, Joseph Losey's The Damned, is the fact that it wasn't press-shown,...

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Minnows By BAMBER GASCOIGNE The Fury of Philip Hotz and The Scavengers. (Unity.) —The Umbrella. (Com- edy.) THE' biggest scoop for an ama- teur theatre or for any small group...

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Death of a Liberal By DAVID REES T o this day it is very easy to see why Lloyd George was a charismatic figure to many of his contemporaries. The shoemaker's foster- son from...

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Star in the East

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The Other Side of the River. By Edgar Snow. (Gollancz, £3 3s.) IF you are not a Communist, there are two ways of looking at things when on a visit to a Com- munist country. You...

En Route

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You've come a long way (they said). 1 had a long way to come. You are fortunate not to be dead. My home was no longer home. This has happened to others before. The door is...

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Fly ting

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IF the current malady of English fiction is the cult of unpretentiousness, used to justify a good deal of timid, drab and inept writing, the con- temporary American novel is...

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The Pyjama Game

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Sex and the Single Girl. By Helen Gurley Brown. (Muller, I8s.) COLIN WILSON starts his investigation into the Origins of the Sexual Impulse by proposing a fundamental conflict...

A Quiet Noise

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The Points of My Compass. By E. B. White. (Hamish Hamilton, 21S.) IT had always seemed that White could easily be identified with the American humorists of the 1920s and...

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The Library Test

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Independent Essays. By John Sparrow. (Faber, 30s.) To criticise a book composed mainly of the criti- cism of criticism might be enough to bring the whole unsteady pile tumbling...

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Reviewing Reviewing

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BY ELAINE DUNDY T HE American newspaper strike had one fascinating result. Apparently New York was able to do without news but not without book r eviews. In fact the...

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Children's Books

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A Range of Children BY ELAINE MOSS HILDREN's books are written and illustrated C by adults, published and reviewed by adults and, indeed, more often than not, even bought by...

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Classics and Commercial

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Treasure Island. By Robert Louis Stevenson. (Nonesuch Press, 30s.) At the Back of the North Wind. By George Wilder. (Penguin : Puffin Books, 3s.) THE more immediately...

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The Fact-Finders

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Cl inAMEN'S books really have improved astonish- ingly, and continue to do so; the more I read, the more inadequate become the books of my own childhood, and the more I feel...

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Tomboys All

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Meet Mary Kate. By Helen Morgan. Illustrated by Shirley Hughes. (Faber, 9s. 6d.) Madicken. By Astrid Lindgren. Illustrated by lion Wikland and translated by Marianne Turner....

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Animals in the Woods

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IN a disturbing piece in a recent issue of Commentary, Jason Epstein, vice-president of Random House, laments the present sorry state in the world of children's books....

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The Price of Housing

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT WE all know that Govern- ment White Papers are writ- ten by the cleverest Oxbridge bureaucrats divorced from and uncontaminated by ordinary business life,...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS rr HE gilt-edged market seems to have been I unduly pleased with the Treasury announce- ment that the UK had agreed with the US Federal Reserve on the provision of a...

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An American Can't Win, He Can't

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By MONROE WHITNEY* T-AN American--have lived in Britain for the jpast eighteen years, and much of that time has been spent in the shadow of an Anglo-American volcano. Perhaps...

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY . T IIE chairman of Chesterfield Properties reports that the company has a large development programme on hand which exceeds t5 million. This company carries on...

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Consuining Interest

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Back to the Shop By LESLIE ADRIAN Cases like this, which we have all experienced at one time or another, raise the whole problem of the extent to which the retailer 'is...

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Cold Comfort

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T HE best cool drinks are uncomplicated, whether they arc non-alcoholic fruit drinks, such as peach tea, Shloer apple juice, or a simple citron presse; ice-cold lager beer in...